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Have you ever heard of Jack LaLanne? He was the original godfather of fitness. Every year, after the age of 40, he vowed to push himself to be bigger, stronger and faster than the prior year.  For example, in 1954 (at age 40) he swam the entire length of the Golden Gate Bridge. He did it again in 1975 (at age 61) while dragging a 1,000 lb boat. Although he did it for publicity, Mr. LaLanne also knew that he would lose strength unless he continued to challenge himself.

As we get older, we also need to challenge ourselves with strength training exercises. Results from a 2014 study from the Muscles, Ligament and Tendons Journal found that the aging process leads to distinct muscle mass and strength loss. They found out that people who are 40 years and older can lose anywhere from 16.6% and 40.9% of muscle mass.

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